Hadi Milanloo is a third year PhD student at the University of Toronto. Focusing on the music and lives of women instrumentalists who perform Iranian classical music in Tehran. Hadi’s doctoral project explores the intersections of music, gender, and resistance/resilience amidst the unpredictable political climate in Iran. He works towards an ethnomusicological approach which accounts for both aesthetic contributions and social activism of Iranian women musicians. Before joining University of Toronto, Hadi completed his MA studies at Memorial University where his Major Research Project examined the musical life stories of eight Iranian émigré women in St. John’s, Canada. Hadi is also a musician (Bachelor of Music, University of Tehran) and has studied Setar and the radif of Iranian Classical Music with Dariush Talai and Hamid Sokuti, among others.